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Network changes for self-managed machines

As you’ll all be aware, the University is tightening up on network security in response to outside threats.    Within Informatics we have also been looking at ways to improve our security, and one area we have identified is that of … Continue reading

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Informatics-EdLAN connectivity

As you’ll be aware by now, EdLAN is changing, though rather more slowly than was originally anticipated for various reasons, and the way that Informatics connects to it has to change too. Under the old EdLAN, the Informatics network in … Continue reading

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All users of the University VPN must reset their password

The Chief Information Security Officer for the University announced on Monday 21st March that all users of the University VPN service MUST reset their password. Users of the Informatics OpenVPN service are not affected. Note that, as this is a … Continue reading

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Be aware of phishing

Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is calling on all UK organisations to increase their vigilance for cyber attacks. It is clear that various groups are now using this crisis as an opportunity to launch … Continue reading

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Network switch reboots

It’s time for us to arrange to reboot most of our network switches again.  We need to do this for a couple of reasons. The first is that the clocks that they use for management and reporting purposes tick in … Continue reading

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Wireless Access Point Replacement

As part of the EdLAN replacement project, contractors are working their way round all of the University’s buildings to swap out the wireless access points for new ones.  The Bayes building has already been done (on Tuesday 18th January), and … Continue reading

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New student compute servers

Sometimes you need to run software which needs a lot of oomph behind it, and which can take days to run. It’s a bit impractical to run that sort of thing on a normal desktop – which is why Informatics … Continue reading

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log4shell security vulnerability

By now most people are probably aware of the recent discovery of multiple critical security issues in the Java log4j logging library (version 2) which have been named “log4shell“. In some circumstances, these flaws can give attackers the ability to … Continue reading

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A second student compute server

We’ve added a second student compute server, and it’s called student2.compute.inf.ed.ac.uk. Students can login to it like this: ssh student2.compute.inf.ed.ac.uk We’ve done this because in recent days the student compute server (student.compute.inf.ed.ac.uk) has been unresponsive at times, because it’s been … Continue reading

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Changes to the SSH service

The way in which SSH login services are provided for the School of Informatics will soon be changing.

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